Too hot, too hot!
To mingle friendship far is mingling bloods.

    Leontes in Shakespeare’s
    The Winter's Tale (I.i.9-10)

NB: Mexican Mother’s Day — 5/10. Mars enters the tropical zodiac sign of Aquarius 5.15.2018.

Horoscopes starting 5.10.2018

Taurus

Taurus

The Bull


Ever look at the pictures of stuff, like, a recipe, online? The finished dish is always beautiful, colorful, neatly arranged, and the kitchen in the background: All neat and tidy. Perhaps a little bit of flour is strategically dusted across a prep surface but yeah, all of that? Totally staged. My experience? The end product never looks like those cute pictures online.

I think there’s a website devoted to comparisons of images of what the finished project should look like, and what the epic fail does look like.

Perhaps in a more Taurus comparison, it’s the collection of images of what the advertising shows fast-food is supposed to look like, and then the reality of what gets served? Imagine an image: tasty burger with fresh lettuce and juices glistening on the patty, ripe, red tomato slice, fresh-baked bun.

Now look at the last burger I pulled from a bag, smushed bread, greenish tomato, wilted lettuce. Soggy bun from having absorbed too much grease. Not nearly the same thing that was displayed on the menu.

As we celebrate the Taurus birthdays, be more aware of “promised” appearance and “real” appearance. Just helps to adjust the Taurus (birthday) expectations.

Gemini

Gemini

The Twins


Familiar expression? Familiar sentiment? “We’ll clean it up in post.” “Post” refers to “post production,” or, in other words, “we’ll fix this later. Not now.” The deal is, I was looking at some “artwork” — graphic files — I use on a website. I had, my intentions were in place, to fix a few stray problems with the images, you know, run them through a few filters, tweak the original source files then make them look better? Pop the colors; make the hues sing. Best of intentions on my part, I was going to clean those images up in “post.” That was always the plan. As a Gemini, know where this is going?
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    “O, sir, to such as boasting show their scars
    A mock is due. Will you walk on, my lord?
    She was belov’d, she lov’d; she is, and doth:
    But still sweet love is food for fortune’s tooth.”
    Exeunt.

Troilus in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida IV.v.290-3

    “A mock is due,” and one buddy coined an expression, “Drink-O de Mayo.”

Yes, and there’s always his conclusion, too, “sweet love is food for fortune’s tooth.” Hint: doesn’t end well.

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Horoscopes starting 5.3.2018

Taurus

Taurus

The Bull


My horoscope for Taurus ends when — this week — about the same time Jupiter is opposite from the Sun. “Opposites are bad?” Not really, but it is a building and cresting kind of energy, and like a wave about to break, it hasn’t got there yet. But close, so close it a very palpable energy. The easiest use of this energy is get in the flow and realize that this is not exactly coherent, not exactly congruent, but certainly useful luck. Luck is, at best a gamble, and the odds are long, but the I’m a “long shot” kind of a guy. As a Taurus, though, I would suspect you’re less of a “beat the insurmountable odds” type of person.

As the Taurus birthdays roll through, take a shot. I didn’t say bet the farm, I didn’t say jump and hope someone can build wings as your fine Taurus self plummets downward. I didn’t say take a huge leap of faith, but in my mind, the simplest way to see this? Buy a lotto ticket. Costs a buck.

There’s a jarring, not bad, just one of those, “No one expected that” kind of energy. I just want to help to along. Buy a single lotto ticket.

Taurus: when you win big next week, I would like 1% — I’m not greedy.

Gemini

Gemini

The Twins


Ever seen those “smart” thermostats? The programmable, and now, there’s an app for that controls for the home AC/Heat? Yes, one of those. Coming back from the lake, fishing the other day, I stopped for a cool beverage, naughty little gesture where I got diet coke, really, a fountain Diet Dr Pepper, but never mind, the chemicals, the carbonation, the stained water, none of it is good, but it tastes so great, and after fishing, yes, it was rather warm, I deserved it — pictures are on the website someplace. Anyway, I looked down at my phone, and I cranked the AC back down. Usually, when I’m away, it heats right up. Saves money. But this was a hot afternoon on the water, yes, rather warm for early May, so I tapped the app to fix the AC at home.
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“Marry, that should you if I were your mistress,
or I should think my honesty ranker than my wit.”

Rosalind in Shakespeare’s As You Like It IV.i.32

Horoscopes starting 4.26.2018

Taurus

Taurus

The Bull


Buddy of mine, fancies himself a bit of an adept, suggested that I only used the Sun Signs when I wrote my horoscopes. Not entirely true. For example, this week in Taurus? Simple advice, “Double-down.” Double-down, double-up, take two, and? If one is good, then two are better! Simply put, double. Two. Twice as much. Yes there are birthdays, but there is also Venus, the Taurus planet, in Gemini, the sign of the twins, and that suggests?

Taurus: Double Down. Double Up. If you usually take one? Take two. If you usually only do it once, do it twice.

This is a function of your Taurus planet, in the sign of the twins. Calls for twice as much of whatever it is.

You can thank me, twice, later.

And a very happy birthday to you, too. Two. Twice. Happy birthday wishes, twice over.

Gemini

Gemini

The Twins


As a good Gemini, and, if you’re reading this, the odds are good that you’re good and odd, but that doesn’t matter, as a good Gemini, you’re ready to get a jump on the rest of this crap, headed into this summer season. It is summer around here. Best I got. Warm. Not full-on heat yet, but it will be a hot one. As the good Gemini, you’re ready to get a jump on what’s headed this way. Get some homework out of the way, that stuff you can prepare in advance? Yes, get that done. What this is really about, though, as Venus makes her way through your sign?
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    These be good humors indeed! Shall pack-horses
    And hollow pamper’d jades of Asia,
    Which cannot go but thirty mile a day,
    Compare with Caesars and with Cannibals
    And Troiant Greeks? Nay, rather damn them with
    King Cerberus, and let the welkin roar.
    Shall we fall foul for toys?

Pistol in Shakespeare’s Henry 4.2 II.iv.57-61

Happy Birthday Shakespeare, and happy St. George’s Day, patron saint — it’s a Taurus thing, the rest of you won’t understand.

The Sun moves into Taurus on April 19, at 10:12 PM (local).

Always an amusing trivial note, the assumed birthday of one William Shakespeare is, at best, a historical guess and educated estimate, rather than fact. Thus noted? It is observed on April 23 (Taurus sun sign).

Horoscopes starting 4.19.2018

Taurus

Taurus

The Bull


Tools tend to define most of my work. Artwork I do is limited to what tools are on hand. While I like the idea of using a “LeatherMan (tm)” type of tool to accomplish everything, in the real world, such devices are limited by functional qualities. I can use the awl to punch a single hole in a sandal’s leather, or use the pliers to grab a simple task that just required a little extra leverage, but that’s about it. Not exactly a production piece of equipment. The same applies to the software tools I use for the heavy-lifting, graphics management, and word-processors, as well as page-layout. The tools tend to define the outcome. As a Taurus, happy William Shakespeare Birthday, I let my tools dictate the most expedient route from my idea to what is produced. For graphics, especially, and this a Taurus birthday time, for the images I use, I tend to let some simple, stock manipulations be adequate. Nothing too fancy. That gets into “feature creep,” and I prefer simple, perhaps a little raw, with a minimal amount of adjustments. The software allows for endless ways to fiddle with the material; don’t make this too complicated.

Taurus: It’s birthday time, so let’s use what simple tools are here, and not complicate matters.

Gemini

Gemini

The Twins


It’s a time for the “doppelgänger” — the self as you might not see yourself, but as you might appear. Future Gemini, past Gemini, ghost of yourself? Yes, that type of “doppelgänger.” I ran into a fellow Sagittarius, you like us fine, and his chart was ten years younger than me, but the placement of a number of planets were eerily similar. Moon, Mars, and Venus, all the same. Cool, but spooky. I realized as I watched him offload for a show, that I was looking at someone at a similar point in his career to where I was ten or twelve years ago. I sold different products so my unloading and setting up was different by design, but the sentiment was the exact same.
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    Sirrah, be gone, or talk not, I advise you.
    Petruchio in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew 1.2.29

Mercury not so Retrograde

Horoscopes starting 4.12.2018

Aries

Aries

Aries The Ram


“You all say you want strong women, until you get one. Changes your tune — in a hurry!” True, true. However, I was raised in Texas, and I was raised around strong, independent women, think like this, equally at home with fishing and trucks as with lace and flowers. The perfect balance between tough and tender. Yes, this is prevalent in other places on the planet, but I can only speak from my own experience. Tough and tender, strong-willed, opinionated, and a force of nature. A force with which to be reckoned. Yes, all of that. Love me my Texas girls. Love the conundrum, too, poised by that one’s comment, “You want a strong woman until you get one….”

As Aries, especially birthday Aries, this holds true, and now, I’m not being sexist anymore, it’s the “You wanted one until you got one” scenario. The question I have, are you the one who wanted something — or someone — until you got that something — or someone? Or are you the one that other person wanted until they got an Aries and found you are a force of nature? I mean it in a good way, but I’m Aries compliant. I’ve been tested, I have the “I get along with Aries” thing in my chart. You don’t scare me; much respect, but no, I’m not afraid. However, I’m but one person suggesting that. Again, are you the one who wanted something — or someone — until you got that someone or something? Or are you the one that the other person wanted until that other person landed the Aries spirit?

Well, happy birthday, either way.

BexarCountyLine.com

Taurus

Taurus

The Bull


Over many years, I collected and collated a series of digital images from the confines of Bexar County, essentially, San Antonio, TX. What started with zero direction turned into a strange assembly of imagery, oftentimes quite quotidian. One recent image comes to mind, titled 801S. Best estimate is that it is a construction or utility crew, preparing to dig up the pavement for improvements to the underlying structure. Might be an indication of an old or new address, as quickly as material changes in the growth of a city. However, the biggest part of the designation, 801S?
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    Gods, what lies I have heard!
    Our courtiers say all’s savage but at court.

Imogen in Shakespeare’s
Cymbeline (IV.ii.32-3)

Yeah, and all savage at court, too?

Horoscopes starting 4.5.2018

Aries

Aries

Aries The Ram


The truck was simple enough: a headache rack with a ladder. License plate was a vanity tag, just read, “PEST.” In smaller print, across the tailgate, “You got ’em, we get ’em.” My inner grammar geek recoils. “If you have them, then we get them;” or, better yet, a simpler, “You got them; we get them.” Really shouldn’t be joining two independent clauses with only a comma. Yes, I know, before you make noises about my own, appalling grammar, at least I make a concerted effort to connect the right parts to the correct pieces. You know, I make an effort. The rest of the ad, though, think about it, here it is, just starting to warm up and who would be more popular than the bug guys? Besides, the “You got them; we get them” statements work well enough to convey the image without too much toxicity. Not “Kill them dead,” or similar statements, just a manner of letting folks know that the business of getting moving critters out of one’s immediate surroundings is best left to experts like the guy. Or company. I never saw any more, and I lost interest. Yes, happy birthday Aries, and yes, there are some still bugs that need to be worked out. It’s not so much “bad,” as we just need to get some of the bugs out. Pest control, is what this birthday is about. Pest control, one form, or another.

Taurus

Taurus

The Bull


I used to call them “Tea Lights,” little candles that about an inch in diameter, only half an inch — or less — deep, and originally? Encased in light, pot-metal holder of some type. The secret way to use these? Get a small cup or dish, can be almost as shallow as the candle itself, but wider, and put a handful of coffee beans in there. For ideas like this? I use super-cheap, grocery-store brand beans. Should be whole bean, but don’t need to use good stuff. Cheap, off-brand, non-artisanal coffee works fine. Whole bean.
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